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|Sunday, July 5th, 2015|
|Books and Films June
Books read (8)The Goblin Emperor
, Katherine Addison (2014)
Films watched (90-100) (4 at the cinema, 5 DVD, 2 tv, 2 LoveFilm)A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Strawberry Shorts Film Festival
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Leaving Las Vegas
The Look of Silence
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (11-14)
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy (art, London)
Stewart Francis: Pun Gent (comedy, London Bloomsbury Theatre)
Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly (comedy, London Soho Theatre)
AK/DK (gig, London)
|Monday, June 1st, 2015|
|Books and Films May
Books read (6-7)Mort
, Terry Pratchett (1987) (reread)Tiny Pieces of Skull
, Roz Kaveney (2015)
Films watched (69-89) (11 at the cinema, 7 DVD, 1 tv, 3 LoveFilm, 2 other)I Heart Huckabees
August: Osage County
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Mad Max 2
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road
(rewatch, IMAX)Clouds of Sils Maria
(rewatch)Pitch Perfect 2
Um, Mad Max: Fury Road
(rewatch)Far From the Madding Crowd
The Wolf of Wall Street
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (10)
Fylm Club, Simon Munnery (comedy, London Soho Theatre)
What a month for films! I liked Mad Max (obv), also strongly recommend Force Majeure, Clouds of Sils Maria, Girlhood, Pigeon Sat on a Branch. It was interesting revisiting Far From the Madding Crowd since I read it at school, and understanding much more of the complexity of the characters. I have sprung for the Infinity card at my very local cinema, £16.95 for as many films as you like, but it doesn't seem to be stopping me from going to the Arts Picturehouse too.
|Saturday, May 2nd, 2015|
|Books and Films April
Books read (5)
Not a one this month!
Films watched (49-68) (5 at the cinema, 8 DVD, 3 tv, 1 stream, 2 LoveFilm, 3 other)Pretty Woman
(rewatch)The Kids Are All Right
The Brothers Bloom
The Wind Rises
The Darjeeling Limited
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
(rewatch, kinda)Raiders of the Lost Ark
So I Married An Axe Murderer
The One I Love
A Little Chaos
The Great Beauty
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (8-9)
The Hard Problem (NTLive theatre at cinema)
Omid Djalili (talk at Cambridge Literary Festival)
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2015|
Ok, let me adjust my morning routine so that Put On Intensive Hand Cream always comes after Brush Cat.
|Saturday, April 4th, 2015|
|I don't understand broadband/wifi
I have a bunch of vimeo stuff to watch. Shiny iMac was giving me bursts of 3 seconds then pausing for more like 10 seconds. I tried cheap Windows laptop and it streamed fine, though the picture and sound were a bit crappy. Both machines are in the same room as the router, running wifi, and both are less than 4 months old. Speedtest shows 0.9 Mbps on iMac and 6 Mbps on cheap Windows laptop. Any suggestions?
|Wednesday, April 1st, 2015|
|Books and Film March
Books read (5)Hild
, Nicola Griffith (2014)
Films watched (36-48) (3 at the cinema, 6 DVD, 3 tv, 1 LoveFilm)CHAPPiE
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(Abrams) (rewatch)Les Diaboliques
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
(rewatch)Kill Your Darlings
Stranger by the Lake
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (4-7)
Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard (comedy, London)
Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee (comedy, Junction, Cambridge)
The Gilded Birdcage (burlesque club night, Cambridge)
Films at the cinema: I enjoyed Chappie, and it did have some interesting things to say (including about parenting), but I left thinking "I want to rewatch Robocop" and so I did.
The course I'm doing is taking a chunk of my reading time, but if I was only going to read one book, Hild was a good one. I tried cutting down on exercise but that wasn't good so I'm back up to trying for 5 miles per day.
|Sunday, March 29th, 2015|
Twice a year I have to look up how to change the clock on the oven. This year I have made up an index card detailing how to do it, and put it in my 43 folders
file ready for October.
(And I suppose I will have to dig it out again and add how to do the car clock, once I've looked that up)
I stayed up a bit late on Friday and Saturday night, looking forward to a lie in on Saturday and Sunday, but failed dismally and was up at 6/7 as usual...
|Sunday, March 8th, 2015|
Not tried peeking at the old laptop hard drive yet.
Installed Gimp on Mac
Installed Fitbit tracker on Mac
Got printer and scanner working with Mac
Bought tv license
Checked car tyre pressures (1 going soft)
Bought groceries at shop
Bought more groceries online
2 loads of laundry
Cooked loads of soup from fridge veg
Written up list of film course assignments
Read 85 pages of Hild for Book Club (including 15 min in sun in back garden)
Watched 2 DVDs (Albert Nobbs, Robocop)
Had visit from T
Arranged visit for next weekend
Frolicked with cat on demand
And I have 14 hours today before bedtime.
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2015|
|Corflu and fanzines
I have a box (5-ream size) of what I reckon are decent old fanzines, is anyone going to Corflu and could take them for an auction, if there is an auction? I can't travel that far (but could drive the box 40-60 minutes)
|Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015|
|Clocks and watches
I wore a watch yesterday for the first time in years, the time display on my smartphone is quite small and (especially in meetings) it seems impolite to switch it on and peer to know the time. I thought the watch would be uncomfortable (partly why I stopped wearing one) but it was so light on I forgot I was wearing it till I undressed for bed. So, not much good for telling the time if I forget I have it!
And in bed I forgot to set my alarm and woke an hour late. Not as bad news as it could have been, I'm experimenting in March with starting work around 09:30 instead of 08:00 to spend an hour in the morning doing study with Fresh Brain and doing some stretches. Obviously not today. New cat also like to take up some of the morning time with exciting activities, but that is another post.
|Sunday, March 1st, 2015|
|Books and Films February
Books read (3-4)Solaris
, Mark Bould (2014)Spin
, Nina Allan (2014)
Films watched (26-35) (3 at the cinema, 3 DVD, 4 tv, 0 LoveFilm)Inherent Vice
From Dusk Till Dawn
Rush Hour 3
(David Lynch)We Are The Best!
(rewatch with drummer)Parents
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (2-3)
Roundelay (theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre) (Alan Acykbourn)
Footlights Spring Review (comedy, ADC, Cambridge)
Films at the cinema: Inherent Vice was good and quite an unusual film to see these days, so set in its shaggy hippy era. Kingsman was fun. I missed Duke of Burgundy due *ACHOO* to loud *COUGH COUGH* and quiet *sniffsniffsniff* insuppressible noises which was a shame.
Other films were largely low-hassle lurgied-watching fare. Recommend We Are The Best! 80s Swedish girl punk band/teenage friendship/coming of age story.
Parents was a big favourite of mine in the early 90s, kitschy 50s family with odd son, trying hard to fit in with neighbours, comedy slides into horror. I have not watched it in 10 years and was pleased that it still stood up - and I saw a lot more in it now, childhood imagination, just where the line falls between solicitous and threatening and how it might feel when a family member chooses to cross that line in a way that only the child can see. Great cuts and angles, I have never seen a sandwich look so ominous.
|Monday, February 9th, 2015|
|A Tale of Two Cornflakes
Barley contains gluten, but can be processed in a way that the gluten is removed.
Brand A cornflakes contain "Malted Barley
Brand B cornflakes contain "Barley
Under current food labelling regulations, allergens are shown in bold in ingredients lists.
Brand A has an additional allergens box which says "May contain nuts." If you were to ask Brand A about the presence of gluten, they would say "Of course there's no gluten, if there was we would have listed it." I have happily scoffed three boxes of Brand A.
If you were to ask Brand B they would say "Yes, it's in barley, that's why we bolded it, your stupid fault for eating it."
In other news, does anyone want a box of Brand B cornflakes? Only one serving gone from it. Would swap for Brand A.
EDIT: Or maybe the labelling thing is more complicated, they don't have to label gluten in products that contain less than 20ppm. "Recent evidence indicates that people with coeliac disease can eat unlimited amounts of foods containing less than this amount." Anyhow - Brand A safe for bugshaw
s, Brand B not safe. Note for new readers: I don't have a coeliac diagnosis, as the test requires you to eat gluten for a month beforehand and it's deeply obvious that this would be a bad thing for me and would outweigh any benefits that a diagnosis might provide.
In case anyone's interested in what happens when I eat a dodgy cornflake:
6pm Tuck into tasty bowl of teatime cornflakes.
3am Wake, grumpy.
5am Wake again, with aching hands and feet. Recognise symptoms and start googling what I ate the day before. Swear at cornflakes.
This is going to get worse from here. Wash and dress now because I won't be able to later.
Worry in the shower about how I will manage work (first day back after week's holiday). Curse the cornflakes again as I realise I will need to cancel pre-paid Pilates class.
Feel like bad hamster-mom for not getting them food earlier, they've run out, I was going to drive by big hamster food shop after work. Maybe hamsters will eat cornflakes.
Thank self for keeping grabber stick from disabled days, and keeping it handy. Pick laundry up off floor or it will stay there for a couple of days. Cat arrives today and it won't want to meet a floor of old socks etc.
Hobble downstairs and put bins out because I won't be able to later. Ow, ankles hurt. Definitely won't be able to drive today. Soon won't be able to hobble 10 metres.
Realise I have moved from "How will I manage at work?" to "No way will I manage, don't even think about it"
Hobble back upstairs having grabbed some fruit, soy yoghurt and rice cakes. Is it harder to carry four soy yoghurts, or to tear open the pack and only carry two? Feel glad housemate is working from home today as she might be persuaded to open me some tins of food.
Curse self for eating all my stash of frozen meals and not doing a big cook/freeze yesterday.
6am Retire to sofa. If I lie very still, it doesn't much hurt. Typing and mousing hurts enough that I can't usefully work from home today, or do much else on laptop, especially as it will get worse during the day.
|Wednesday, February 4th, 2015|
|Books and Films January
Books read (1-2)Who Fears Death
, Nnedi Okorafor (2010)Scotland's Stories of Home
, various including uisgebeatha
Films watched (1-25) (9 at the cinema, 13 DVD, 3 tv, 2 LoveFilm)Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Retribution
Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever
Belive: The Eddie Izzard Story
Only Lovers Left Alive
What We Do In The Shadows
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (1)
Milton Jones (comedy, Harrow Arts Centre)
Fave films at cinema: Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Paddington, What We Do In The Shadows. On DVD: Scarface, Solaris (after pondering it for a few weeks), Pitch Black, Office Space. Loads of others good too.
|Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015|
LJ's commenting isn't working for me at the moment on the desktop - was fine yesterday. I can see the "Comment on this" link but nowhere to type a comment.
I would ask if you all have the same problem but...
|Tuesday, January 20th, 2015|
|Teaspoons and car parks
At work, we have instant coffee in large tins. Some people think as we always need a spoon when we go in the tin, let's stick one in. Others think it's disgusting to have a spoon in the tin, that has been touched by lots of hands. Either way, as the tin gets moved around the spoon sinks and disappears under the coffee, and towards the end of the tin people say "Why are there three teaspoons in here?"
At work, they are building a new unit; the plan was always for four buildings but they started with three until they built up tenants/demand. They have spent a while working at the back on Building 1, flattening the waste ground, digging away - I was surprised when all that appeared was a car park. Now they have razed a large part of the existing car park, ready to put the new building in the row with the other three, and it all makes sense...
|Thursday, January 15th, 2015|
Driving gloves - what are they for? Warmth? Better grip? More cushioned grip? Style? Outmoded cultural convention? Do you wear them?
|Friday, January 2nd, 2015|
|Books read December
Books read (21-23)The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics
, Ed. Ilya (2014)All You Need Is Kill
, Hiroshi Sakurazaka (2004)Player Piano
, Kurt Vonnegut (1952)
Films watched (167-179) (2 at the cinema, 9 DVD, 2 tv)Troll Hunter
(rewatch)Harold and Maude
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Resident Evil: Extinction
(rewatch) Magic Mike
The Hunt for Red October
The Wolf of Wall Street
Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (36-37)
Dave Gorman (comedy, South Bank Centre, London)
Robin Ince (comedy, Bloomsbury Theatre, London)
Liked: Harold and Maude, Wolf of Wall Street, Birdman.
|Thursday, January 1st, 2015|
|Recipe: glazed apricot sausages
I used chipolatas, the marinade smells gorgeous while it's cooking, it's dead easy to cook sausages in the oven and not pay them any attention, it's gluten free and dairy free if you use gf sausages.
250g ready to eat dried apricots (I used super soft squidgy ones)
1 teaspoon mixed spice (I didn't have any and used a mulling spice sachet instead, mmm, orange and cloves)
1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce, or Worcestershire sauce)
2 teaspoons red thai curry paste
salt and pepper
Cook all ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat for about 20 mins till the apricots are soft. Start with 300ml water, add more if it reduces too much. Leave to cool then liquidise into a puree. I left some lumps in.
12-18 sausages or 20-30 chipolatas
Put sausages in an oven tray, brush with olive oil, slather in apricot puree. Marinade for up to 24 hours.
Cook sausages as per instructions in oven.
You now have a tray full of delicious sausages.
|Thursday, December 25th, 2014|
|All I Want For Christmas Is Some Gantt Chart Software
This morning I was going to do A, B and C.
I woke a bit late and got a new recipe for A. By the time I'd looked through recipes and ingredients, I realised if I was going to have a hope of finishing A I couldn't also do B. But if I was going to miss B I could then walk to C, it's a nice day. But I'd have to leave earlier, and I'm not dressed yet and haven't wrapped presents. Now I'm dressed but I haven't started A yet (which needs to chill for some hours) and I don't think there's time now unless I don't wrap presents. And as I have only belatedly decided to walk to C I have only belatedly put my iPod on to charge so it probably won't last the walk. If I'm walking I can bring wine instead of cola, but the only wine I have is fizzy and it wouldn't like a 4-mile yomp. If it will even fit in the bag with the presents. At least I won't have to carry my pudding (A) which I haven't made yet.
This is why I have Lists.
EDIT: Where are my headphones? If I'd known I wouldn't be able to find my headphones I would have charged my phone instead of my iPod. Where is my other glove? Is it too late to walk to C yet?
|Sunday, December 14th, 2014|
Matilda the Big Hamster still isn't tame, for all her happy hand-related caperings at the pet shop. She doesn't freeze when she sees me, which is an improvement, but she won't be held, at least not by me. I let her out of the ball onto my lap this evening, but she leapt to the coffee table where we had a brief game of Grab The Hamster, which she won by jumping onto the floor. She had a minute of exploring beneath the coffee table, stretching her nose up to the bottom shelf like a Mighty Beast, while I willed her not to hide under a sofa or the tv unit or somewhere inaccessible. Her unerring instinct though led her to the most perfect hamster-sized nook, there's a half-depth CD shelf next to a bookcase and a hamster can just nip round the back and hide underneath. And a human can block it off with a tray - haha! I am more clever than a hamster. Then drag the coffee table and sofa around and position The Ball and a backup cardboard box so as to cut off escape routes. A little bit of patience and a quick hand with the ball lid and the hamster is safely resecured.